28 August 2015

First Days

We really enjoyed our first few days of school.  These days were so busy and fun.  We introduced many procedures and appropriate classroom behaviors.  Students will practice these procedures every day throughout the year.  We were able to do a literacy hunt around the school during which students found and read simple sentences promoting reading and writing success.  At the end of the hunt they found a literacy bag with some items inside to encourage literacy.

We also began learning about our school and its mascot.  We will be spending some time learning about the Sierra Bonita mountains and the bears that live there.

Students participated in a discussion about being "paws-itive".  They had the opportunity to write and illustrate something they can do to positively effect those around around them.  For example, "I can be kind to others." or "I can help my friends."  Developing kindness and empathy is a critical component of a child's development.

Please continue to practice all letter names and sounds of the alphabet and writing your first name correctly (capital letter to begin and lower case for all other letters in the name).

Thanks for all of your help and support.  We are looking forward to a fantastic school year!

27 August 2015

Back To School Night Presentation

Picture Day


School Picture Day will be held on Friday, August 28th.  

24 August 2015

Back To School Night

Just a reminder of Back To School Night coming up on Wednesday, August 26th at 6:30pm.  Please meet in the gym for the first part of the evening.   Following the whole school meeting the kindergarten parents will meet together in the Bear's Den.  There will be two break out sessions (the same information will be shared in each session) if you have other children attending the school.  We look forward to sharing more general kindergarten information with you on Wednesday.  Please remember if you would like to talk about specific concerns about your child you are welcome to make an appointment with your child's teacher for another time.

First Day Of Kindergarten

The first day of kindergarten is almost here!  It has been so difficult waiting and waiting.  It has been a lot of fun meeting each of you and your child during the assessments.  Finally we get to begin our year together on Wednesday, August 26th. (Remember we will be following the early out schedule listed below on our first day)

M, T, Th,& F:
Morning kindergarten begins at 9:00 am and ends at 11:40am
Afternoon kindergarten begins at 12:40pm and ends at 3:15pm

Reminder:  Wednesdays we have a different schedule
     AM Kindergarten:  9:00-11:15am
     PM Kindergarten:  12:00-2:30pm

Morning students will be walked outside to the front parking lot.  Mrs. Gillies' class and Miss Leber's class will both exit the south west doors and Mrs. Cornaby's class will exit out the front office doors.  You are welcome to use the student pick up lane to drive by and pick up your child.  Please refrain from coming to the classroom after school to pick up your child as it clogs the hallway and disrupts other classes in session.  The teachers will be outside with the students to ensure their safety.  If you are late picking your child up he/she will be waiting in the front office.

Afternoon students will also be walked out to the outside doors and remain with the teacher on duty until picked up by a parent.  We encourage older brothers and sisters to pick up the kindergarten student from the classroom.  If an older brother or sister will be picking up a kindergartener he/she will remain in the classroom until the sibling comes to the classroom.

It may take a few days to get into a routine so please be patient with us as we work to keep your children safe.  Thank you.

See you Wednesday!

21 August 2015

Save Your Shoe Boxes

Sometime during the first few weeks of school we will be having each student make a "shoebox" library/literacy box.  This box will be used by your child (at home) throughout the year to hold his/her literacy supplies such as mini books, pencils, alphabet cards, sight word cards, etc.  This is a great way to give your child a special place of his/her own to store important reading items.

Each child will need to have an empty shoe box or similar type of box.  Please save any shoe boxes you may encounter so we can provide a box for every kindergartener for this project.  You are welcome to send the boxes to school with your child at any time.  Thank you for your help!

18 August 2015

Thank You

A big thanks to those who were able to attend our open house Tuesday afternoon.  It was wonderful meeting all of you and showing you our classrooms. We appreciate all of the support and excitement we felt from each of you.  This is going to be a wonderful year.

Next week we will be conducting assessments for all of the kindergarten students.  The assessment will take at least 30 minutes.  As the appointments are scheduled only 30 minutes apart it is important that you arrive on time for your appointment.   If you are unsure of your scheduled time or still need to schedule an assessment please contact the front office (801-798-4480).  Thank you!